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Vegan musician Stevie Wonder joined the #takeaknee protest yesterday, before his performance at the 2017 Global Citizen festival in New York. 

Wonder, who was helped to his knee by son Kwame Morris, said: “Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America.

“But not just one knee; I’m taking both knees. 

“Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe. Amen.”

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The #takeaknee protest was initiated last season by San Francisco player Colin Kaepernick.

The quarterback knelt during the anthem as a move to bring attention to police violence against African Americans – a move that has been adopted by a number of National Football League players.

The protest hit the headlines in recent days after US President Donald Trump spoke out angrily about it during a rally in Alabama, saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

But his outburst earned criticism from a slew of players and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.